New York City Bar Association
The New York City Bar Association is comprised of lawyers and law students, founded as an anti-corruption measure in 1870. The City Bar operates The City Bar Justice Center Hotline, a free legal advice hotline for low-income NYC residents.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Diversity

New York City Bar Association 07:31 Politics and Advocacy

New York City Bar Association talks about the process of diversifying the field of law.

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The City Bar’s mission is to equip and mobilize the legal profession to practice with excellence, promote reform of the law, and uphold the rule of law and access to justice in support of a fair society and the public interest in our community, our nation, and throughout the world. The City Bar was founded in response to growing public concern over corruption in the justice system in New York City. 

Being a lawyer once meant job security and big paychecks, but in the midst of a recession, big law firms are resorting to legal outsourcing to save costs. In turn, many law school graduates are finding themselves with large student loan debts and few avenues of employment. That's why the New York City Bar Association brainstormed a solution by placing new lawyers in apprenticeships at large firms, or at government and non-profit organizations. There is also an encouragement for legal neophytes to start their own firms and cultivate their own businesses, rather than working for someone else in order to establish themselves. 


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